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The Holiness Code

May 25, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Jim Sykora's letter to the editor concerning same-sex marriage. It is significant that there are a number of errors. Yes, it is true that U.S. Government has never declared an official state religion. It is also true the words separation of church and state never appear in the constitution of the United States, and it is important to note that one of the reasons the puritans settled in American is they could not purify the established church of England. Also worth mentioning are these words which begin the Mayflower compact: In the name of God, Amen.

The Declaration of Independence makes mention of nature and nature's God and cites our creator as the source of our inalienable rights.

Now to the Holiness Code in Leviticus. It is true that it mentions certain things that no longer concern us now. The reason they don't concern us is that Jesus declared all foods clean in the Gospel of Mark, but the prohibition on hybrids still has symbolic significance in that Israel was to be one pure people to the Lord.

The Holiness Code also prohibits certain practices which are condemned in our day and time such as incest and child abuse (by the way killing children is and will continue to be unacceptable no matter the day, time or culture). The Judeo-Christian ethic and its precepts are transcultural.

I close with an appeal to the Gay community. Disciples have bashed you enough. Yours is not the unpardonable sin. I have a lesbian friend and a lesbian cousin. Consider the claims of Christ, and as Joyce Meyer says, "Let him heal you everywhere you hurt."

Paul Jansen




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